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Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is expected to win the Republican gubernatorial primary in Arkansas, the Associated Press projects.
Endorsed early in the race by former President Trump, Sanders hopes to replace incumbent Governor Asa Hutchinson, who is term-limited and has served as state governor since 2015.
Incumbent Republican Senator from Arkansas John Boozman has beaten his main opponents as he seeks to retain his Senate seat later this year against his Democratic opponent, the Associated Press said.
Ahead of Tuesday’s election, Sanders, who announced she was running for governor in January 2021, systematically probed ahead of Francis “Doc” Washburn, her main challenger. Washburn is a former radio talk show host who now has his own national podcast.
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Sanders, a mother of three, served as White House press secretary in the Trump administration from 2017 to 2019. Sanders’ father, Mike Huckabee, served as the 44th governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007. she defeat her Democratic opponent in the race for governor later this year, Sanders will become the first female governor in Arkansas history.
Monday was the deadline for campaigns to file their monthly fundraising reports with the state. Sanders said he had more than $7 million in cash for his campaign at the end of April. Sanders’ campaign reported spending more than $838,000 last month. Far ahead of her Republican and Democratic challengers, she has raised nearly $15 million since launching her campaign.
Chris Jones, the fundraising favorite among the five Democrats seeking the party’s nomination, raised more than $161,000 last month and spent more than $147,000. Jones has raised $1.8 million since entering the gubernatorial race and has about $108,000.
Boozman, who also received Trump’s endorsement, enjoyed broad support across the state as he campaigned for another term. However, he also faced backlash among those who were unhappy that he did not support the annulment of the 2020 election results.
The most vocal of Boozman’s challengers was former NFL star Jake Bequette, who had the backing of billionaire Richard Uihlein’s $1.5 million contribution to fund a Bequette-supporting super PAC.
Boozman’s political career began in the United States House in 2001 after winning a special election. He held this position until 2010, when he was first elected to the Senate.
Boozman, a former optometrist, is Arkansas’ senior senator and the dean of the state’s congressional delegation. In 2016, he defeated his main challenger Curtis Coleman in the GOP primary election for Senate out of Arkansas.
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In addition to Bequette, other candidates who sought the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in Arkansas were Heath Loftis and Jan Morgan.
Paul Steinhauser of Fox News and the Associated Press contributed to this article.